Mr GUYULA to MINISTER for HOUSING
How is the government incorporating the independent Indigenous housing advocacy group, Aboriginal Housing NT, into its decision making about the Indigenous housing?
Madam Speaker, I thank the Member for Nhulunbuy for his question.
It was an honour to meet with the PEAK body in terms of representing Aboriginal housing on Monday. Their questions were very pertinent. One question was how this government plans on incorporating their advice and advocacy. We are serious about good advocacy, commentary on our policy and open and transparent processes. I said to the group at the meeting that we are keen to continue that group.
One of their concerns was that we could be like the previous CLP government and flip flop from reactionary politics and create a new body. I assured that group we are not like that. We value their advocacy. It is a good cross-section, as you would know, between remote communities, homelands and outstations.
They are requesting the funds for another meeting and we will be looking closely at that in support of their continuation. They ask if they would be the Peak body in terms of remote Indigenous housing to make commentary on our policy and to guide us. I agreed with that. They are interested in individual models which reflect the government’s place based approach around design and innovation for Indigenous housing.
There was an interesting discussion that came from the Laynhapuy Homelands who are keen on construction and innovation in homeland housing. They are interested in new housing on homelands and our government cofounding opportunities.
Member for Nhulunbuy they are completely in the sight of government. We will continue to meet, take advice and develop our local decision making principles. It was great to hear the Chief Minister talk in the House at these sittings about how that do not just relate to housing. We have been working on that extensively in terms of Room to Breathe package. It talks about education, health, justice and local government.
I am honoured to meet with that group. That was the second meeting as a new minister in this portfolio. I look forward to the continuation. I am sure you would also accept an invitation. It would be great to sit with you and discuss those important matters around advocacy and policy with the new Michael Gunner Labor government.